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Review: Shirtless, Twin Werewolves and Plenty of New Plots in Season 3 Opener of Teen Wolf

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The Alpha pack has arrived in Beacon Hills, and they definitely mean to cause trouble for Scott (Tyler Posey) and the rest of our favorite werewolves in Season 3 of Teen Wolf

With their appearance, the town’s animal population is going bonkers.  Expect some really chilling crazed-wildlife sequences. One especially horrifying scene makes Hitchcock’s Birds seem tame.  However, there only appears to be two teens in that bunch, twins Ethan and Aiden, played by Charlie and Max Carver of Desperate Housewives fame. 

Isaac (Daniel Sharman) fans should be happy to know that he is featured heavily, which makes sense with Jackson gone, and the fact that he always seemed to be a part of the action more than Boyd and Erica.

The latter two Betas really got the short straw in the of the bunch.  Derek (Tyler Hoechlin) was willing to turn any teen with low self-esteem.  After getting thrown in to the Kanima mess, Boyd and Erica got tortured by the hunters. After they escaped that hell, they got scooped up by the pack of Alphas. 

Apparently, they’ve been missing for four months now, and Isaac has been searching for them, along with Derek and Peter Hale (Ian Bohen).  (Since Gage Golightly, who plays Erica, has also left the series, this storyline won’t likely have the happiest of resolutions).  Scott and Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) quickly get caught up in the Alpha storyline.

Isaac’s efforts put him in direct conflict with the Alpha twins. Ethan and Aiden also catch the eyes of Lydia (Holland Roden) and Danny (Keahu Kahuanui), so let's hope the Alphas aren't all bad.

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With the majority of their family having recently gone crazy, turned murderous, and/or ending up dead, Mr. Argent (JR Bourne) and Alison (Crystal Reed) have left the supernatural-hunting business.  How long before Beacon Hills, the Mecca of paranormal activity, lures them back in? 

There’s a lot of setting up new storylines in the Season 3 premiere, so the episode feels a bit clunky. You’re going to giggle at the self-aware cheese and campy goodness, and ogle the man candy, but make no mistake: there’s still a gaping Jackson-sized whole. 

It’s frustrating.  The entire series, all the tortured Golden Boy wanted was to become a werewolf.  In last year’s finale, he was declared dead by clueless hospital staff, came back because he was a Creature of the Night, realized he’d been used as a murderous Kanima, and rose up, finally, as a werewolf. 

Colton Haynes deciding to leave the series to go fight bad guys over on The CW’s Arrow, deprives viewers from getting to see how any of the aforementioned events play out.  Plus, could anyone be more gorgeous?  Jackson was basically Adonis.   His absence is definitely going to put a dint in the Teen Wolf hotness factor! 

Jackson’s name is never muttered aloud, but his absence is explained early on, with a few, quick sentences.  Let’s just say, the Teen Wolf writers are Warren Zevonfans.  

Some of my favorite moments of the season opener don’t even relate much to the plot.  While it’s not quite a wet, shirtless Jackson rising from the lake in slo-mo ala the Season 2 premiere, expect to see a similarly gratuitous shirtless scene.  This time, it’s involving twins.  But wait, there’s more good news!  It looks like that awkward running-on-four-limbs schtick has been retired by the werewolf population.  I'm surprised it was even "a thing," on this show.  

Can one ever really appreciate a shirtless guy, when he's all hunched over? 

Season 3 of Teen Wolf premieres tonight at 10 pm EST on MTV.  

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